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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald PorterGreat Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,035 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 5,035
Reviews: 1,844
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 472
Gots: 392 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-09-2001)
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Reviews by zhooker:
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zhooker

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel like porters are the most authentic, that is to say original, ales. At least in the modern beer-drinking era (I.e., not including meads, braggots, etc). Of course I have no historical data to back this up; just a feeling.

Anyways -- back in Ohio to visit the fam, another Great Lakes to review. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a DFH pint glass. Dark -- almost opaque -- but enough light glimmering through to give it a DEEP amber glint here and there. Huge, rocky head peaks over the glass, slowly bubbling and dissipating, leaving a bevy of pretty lace en route.

Diving in for the first sip, it's all bittersweet chocolate on the nose. Insanely robust maltiness. A few sips later, I'm feeling coffee more than the chocolate. Big aroma, and all the parts are working together.

Through the first quarter of the glass, I'm really surprised by the hop presence, given how big the malts were in the scent. They're subtle, and the malts still definitely reign, but the bitter finish is there. There is a sweetness here, but not one I would tire of after two or three pints. It's a pleasant, balanced sweetness. Choco-coffee remains the predominant flavor. Mocha latte anyone? Jokes, folk. This brew's got a lot more meat on it than a fancy cuppa.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but I do feel a little thickening building at the back of my throat due to the sweetness. It would take three to four pints for this to become annoying though.

This is a model porter. It is distinguished by its robust malts and its chocolate/coffee flavors, but nothing is so big that its out of balance. I could drink this all night. I have had this beer at least a dozen times, and this is the first time I've sat down to reflect a little and write about it. Glad to finally confirm that one of my hometown craft brews is indeed a winner. Very glad.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 23:57:34 | More by zhooker
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Kinger2425


3.75/5  rDev -12%

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Caveworm

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a 2 finger medium tan head, black body, and out-of-this-world lacing.

I smell roasted coffee, and chocolate. Suppose I'm in for a real treat.

Oh ya, this brew's taste is very similar. Also am picking up a lil bit of raisin flavor. What a full bodied, yet drinkable flavor!

Mouthfeel is actually not that of maple syrup. Only a very small amount of lingering elements are present with this brew.

Overall, an astonishing 4.25 for Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co. This is a great balanced brew

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2014 02:55:02 | More by Caveworm
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Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is dark brown black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, earthy, chocolate, smoke, stale ale, caramel

Taste: Definitely ash as the dominant flavor with chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, bready malts, stale ale, and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, ashy bitterness, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Yeah, I can see why this is a highly coveted porter. Wish I had more, but I'm sure I'll see this beer again sometime in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

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Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,035 ratings.